Maha Shiv Raatri is a celebration of Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati’s wedding. Devi Parvati performed intense tapasya for a long period of time in order to attain Lord Shiva in marriage. Though many attempted to discourage her from her path of devotion.
Nandhi, is now universally supposed to be the name for the bull which serves as the mount of Shiva and as the gate keeper of Shiva and Parvati, and in Hindu mythology He is the chief guru of eighteen masters (18 siddhas) including Patanjali and Thirumular. Temples venerating Shiva display stone images of a seated Nandhi, generally facing the main shrine. There are also a number of temples dedicated solely to Nandhi.
I saved the best for last…Nandi at the temple at Banavasi. Nandi is the bull who is Shiva’s faithful companion. Wherever there is Shiva in a temple, there will usually be Nandi looking in the direction of Shiva. This particular Nandi is special because he is looking at both his parents, one eye towards Shiva and one towards Parvati.
Bulls were worshipped in ancient Hindu Egypt as they are still worshipped in Hindu India. The earliest explorers of Europe and Africa were Hindus. The river 'Nile' bears the Sanskrit name indicating her blue waters